This article covers some new options for earning Avios via the new AerClub scheme in Ireland.
How HfP intends to cover Avios earning in Ireland
Before I go on, I want to write briefly about how we intend to cover the new Avios scheme in Ireland. This is my starting position:
The majority of HfP readers are UK based and are not hugely interested in Avios earning opportunities in Ireland
There is no business model, at the moment, to justify a separate headforpoints.ie site
Aer Lingus is not being hugely co-operative so far
This is how I intend to operate in the short term:
Avios earning opportunities with AerClub which non-Irish residents can take advantage of (eg bonuses for crediting hotel stays, car hire, flights etc to AerClub) will run as main articles online and will be emailed to our subscribers as usual
Avios earning and spending opportunities which are only of interest to Irish residents – such as the two deals below – will in future run as a fourth daily article. They WILL appear on the website, on Twitter, on Facebook, on Apple News, on LinkedIn and on Flipboard. They will NOT be emailed to our subscriber list because the vast majority of our 9,000 subscribers would see them as irrelevant.
If you live in Ireland and JUST want to receive our Aer Lingus coverage, you could do so via an RSS reader which is set to receive the following: https://www.headforpoints.com/category/aer-lingus/feed/
SuperValu now officially launched as an AerClub partner
Whilst Tesco has a major presence in Ireland, AerClub has teamed up with supermarket chain SuperValu.
(Is it still possible to use a UK-issued Clubcard in Irish Tesco stores, and thus earn points in the UK Clubcard scheme which can be converted to Avios? Do let me know.)
You earn one Real Rewards point for every €1 you spend in SuperValu. You can convert Real Rewards points into Avios at the rate of 1:1 with a minimum conversion of 50 points. This makes it roughly half as generous as the Tesco partnership which gets you 2.4 Avios per £1 spent.
Until 31st March, you will receive 250 bonus Avios when you make your first conversion from Real Rewards to Avios. Full details can be found on the SuperValu site here.
SuperValu opens up a Bank of Ireland Avios card option
If you have a Bank of Ireland personal credit card, you can now leverage this to earn a handful of Avios points on your day to day spending.
If you link your Bank of Ireland credit card to your SuperValu Real Rewards account, you will receive:
1 Real Rewards point for every €1 you spend in SuperValu on your credit card
1 Real Rewards point for every €10 you spend elsewhere
Frankly, 1 Avios point per €10 spent is weak. It even makes the 0.25 – 0.3 Avios per £1 on UK Visa and MasterCard products look good. However, if you’re doing the spending anyway, you might as well get some rewards.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)